Many roads and bridges in Michigan are almost constantly under construction. Typically, these construction zones appear and disappear with little or no notice. So, unless drivers are very attentive, they might easily miss them. Unfortunately, not all drivers are attentive, which is why some drivers turn to our Michigan road construction accident lawyers.
At Buchanan Firm, our compassionate Grand Rapids car accident lawyers understand the pain and suffering that construction zone accidents usually cause. So, we arrange for victims to receive medical care from top doctors. And, we always listen to you, so we can better respond to your needs. Furthermore, our road construction accident attorneys proactively communicate with you through the whole process, so you are never in the dark.
Distracted drivers often cause these collisions. When drivers eat, talk on their cell phones, or do anything else other than drive, they often cause serious injury collisions. Some common wounds include:
Sometimes, driver error is not an issue in construction zone claims. Instead, the fault lies with the construction company. These companies have a dual responsibility. They must complete the project as efficiently as possible, and they must also ensure motorist safety. In the rush to make money, some companies follow that first directive but ignore the second one.
Damages in a road construction crash case usually include compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
To obtain these damages, victim/plaintiffs must establish negligence by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not). So, evidence proves injuries. Additionally, there is usually a direct relationship between the amount of evidence the victim/plaintiff presents and the amount of damages jurors award.
Event Data Recorders are often critical in construction zone claims. Much like the black box flight recorders in commercial jets, EDRs capture and store information like:
This evidence can help build a case and also refute contributory negligence and other insurance company defenses.
A road construction accident attorney must act quickly to preserve electronic and physical evidence. Otherwise, the insurance company may “accidentally” destroy it. Furthermore, Michigan has very strong vehicle data privacy laws. So, our Grand Rapids injury attorneys usually must obtain court orders to inspect and download EDR information.
Construction zone crashes often cause serious injuries. For a free consultation with an experienced road construction accident attorney in Michigan, contact Buchanan Firm. Our main office is conveniently located near the Ford Library.